Written answers

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform

Garda Vetting of Personnel

2:30 pm

Photo of Olwyn EnrightOlwyn Enright (Laois-Offaly, Fine Gael)
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Question 161: To ask the Minister for Justice and Law Reform if his attention has been drawn to the difficulties being experienced by an organisation (details supplied) as a result of delays in obtaining Garda vetting information; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4590/11]

Photo of Brendan SmithBrendan Smith (Minister, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; Minister, Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform; Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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The Garda Central Vetting Unit (GCVU) provides employment vetting to organisations in Ireland registered with the Gardaí for this purpose and which employ persons in a full-time, part-time, voluntary or training capacity to positions where they would have substantial, unsupervised access to children and/or vulnerable adults.

The employment vetting service provided by the Gardaí has been expanded greatly in recent years as part of a phased programme to roll-out the service to an increasing number of organisations. Within this programme the vetting service has now been extended to over 18,000 organisations. The GCVU has managed a substantial increase over recent years in the numbers of vetting applications it receives from around 188,000 in 2007 to almost 292,000 in 2010.

I am informed by the Garda Authorities that no request for registration has been received from the organisation to which the Deputy refers. However, Garda vetting services are provided to prospective employees at the organisation under the auspices of FÁS, which is a registered organisation with the Vetting Unit.

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